Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in high spirits in the last few days after seeing their side pick up their second successive Premier League victory at the weekend.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men added to their opening day success at Newcastle United by getting past newly-promoted Fulham 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday, with goals from Lucas Moura, Kieran Trippier, and Harry Kane sealing all three points for the North Londoners. Aleksandar Mitrovic had equalised for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side seven minutes into the second period to give Spurs something to think about, yet Pochettino’s team turned on the style to open the campaign with two wins from two matches.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Spurs fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter to marvel at the display of midfielder Mousa Dembele, with many unable to imagine what life would be like without the Belgium international.
And while there is little doubting that the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) plays a key part in the heart of the Spurs midfield, losing the 31-year-old really wouldn’t be the end of the world like some Tottenham fans are making out it out to be.
Yes, there is no doubting that the Belgium international has played a vital part in helping Spurs ascend to being one of the best clubs in the country under Pochettino’s guidance, not least in the 2016/17 season in which he paired up brilliantly with Victor Wanyama to help Tottenham to a second place finish.
Yet it must be noted that that season was the only campaign following his first at the club in 2012/13 in which the midfielder has managed at least 30 appearances in the Premier League, playing exactly that many times for Pochettino’s side.
Thus, there have been instances in which the North Londoners have had to deal without the Belgian ace over the years given recurrent niggling injury issues, with last term a clear example given Dembele missed ten of their 38 Premier League matches, in which they won seven and drew two, with their only defeat coming at the hands of West Brom back in May.
As such, while Spurs fans may feel that his influence and presence in the middle of the park is irreplaceable, Pochettino’s side did a pretty good job without him last season to suggest that losing him this summer wouldn’t necessarily be the end of the world.
And given he is 31 now and with just 12 months left on his current deal, Tottenham may even find it difficult keeping hold of the Belgian ace between now and August 31, but Spurs fans shouldn’t fret too greatly were that eventuality to indeed play out.
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